Kathmandu, January 2:

The Joint Struggle Committee of the Nepal Water Supply Corporation has come up with fresh protest programmes against ‘privatisation’ of the government-owned water supply body.

The committee has decided to block all administrative and technical services of the corporation except distribution of water from January 4.

“We will stop everything. We won’t do anything more than releasing water to public if the government does not does a rethink on its decision to hand over the management of the water supply mechanism to the unknown foreign party,” said Raj Kumar Thapa, the coordinator of the joint struggle committee, adding that they can do “anything” to make the government realise that its decision is against humanity.

The union activists of the NWSC said a foreign company is going to handle water distribution of Kathmandu Valley with no competitor in the field. This will cause large-scale water tariff hike and take away jobs of hundreds of people.

The committee has been carrying out protest programmes from the past three months to press the government to abandon the idea of privatising the corporation, which, according to the unions, will benefit handful of Nepali commission agents and cause the public to bear heavy economic burden.

The NWSC staffers in the valley will raise slogans against privatisation and hold dharna from Thursday.